Microsoft will no longer release Xbox first-party games on other consoles and wants the gaming studios it's newly acquired to focus on titles for their platforms.
This comes off the back of recent news of Ori and the Blind Forest — a former Microsoft exclusive — was announced for the Nintendo Switch.
Microsoft said in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz:
"The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios," The company stated. "As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. Microsoft has recently acquired studios such as Obsidian — who is releasing The Outer Worlds on all platforms — and also Double Fine who has recently released its roguelike game RAD on all platforms too. Although some of the studios Microsoft now own do have commitments to other platforms, it looks like they will be honoured, but after that, Microsoft wants them working exclusively for them.
However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first-party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross-play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to ensure a fair and fun experience."